Who is Stefaan Vandist?
Stefaan Vandist spent the first ten years of his career as a brand strategist at the internationally acclaimed advertising agency Duval Guillaume. In the ten years that followed, he moved on to innovation strategy relating to sustainability issues. He brought with him his attitude of approaching challenges in an integral way and with a vision for the future.
Today he focuses on two activities: taking organisations on the path of exploring the future through lectures, and moderating design sprints. With a design sprint, you undertake a process from a strategic challenge to an innovative solution in four days together with a small team.
Stefaan has contributed to the future-proofing of organisations such as Gamma, Volvo Cars Netherlands, Unizo, the City of Antwerp, the Amsterdam metropolitan region, the municipality of Groningen, the fire brigade network and the Rotterdam Police.
His first book on exploration of the future ‘We, Myself & A.I.’ was published in 2018, and his second book ‘Citify’ will be published by Lannoo Campus in the autumn of 2021.
Fixed elements in Stefaan's work include optimism of progress, innovation, and an integral approach. Most noteworthy is his admiration for creative breeding grounds worldwide where the future is already underway.
Stefan's energetic presentation and view into the future held the audience's attention from start to finish. An inspired, informal and enthusiastic speaker who backed up his story with surprising examples.
Olivier Van Duijn
Huidig CEO Litebit, toenmalig CEO eBay Nederland
Stefaan caught my attention during a seminar on how fast the retail world is changing. With the whole Volvo organisation (both dealers and importer), we are working hard together to create a new retail future. Stefaan has a steering role in this. The goal is to adapt the current retail system to the near future. During the process, it has become clear that change is faster and that the pace is increasing exponentially, rather than stabilising! Stefaan, thanks for your guide work through the future!
Jan van Roosmalen
Voorzitter Dealervereniging Volvo Dealers Nederland
Stefaan’s vision on CSR-strategy is refreshing, entertaining, energetic and still sparks ideas among our teams.
Sector Banker Retail, ABN AMRO Bank
During a steaming and provoking process of business innovation thinking, Stefaan Vandist guided our international team to deeper insights and a spectrum of opportunities on how we can prepare ourselves to a new reality in real estate. We most appreciate his future oriented business creativity and sustainability thinking.
Head Benelux AEW Europe